The Weatherspoon is third on the list compiled by the social media company, between Milan’s San Satiro church and Dublin’s Blessington Street Basin.
“Milan, Greensboro, we’re in the same boat,” says Nancy Doll, the Weatherspoon’s director. “I’m thrilled that we’re getting national and even international attention.”
BuzzFeed boasts a global audience of more than 130 million. One of those BuzzFeed contributors, 2005 UNCG graduate Cates Holderness, plugged the Weatherspoon for BuzzFeed’s list.
“As a Greensboro native and proud Spartan, it really is my hometown’s biggest hidden gem,” Holderness says. “I grew up visiting the Weatherspoon on class trips and spent many an afternoon between classes admiring the wonderful works it contains.”
The Weatherspoon, at the corner of Tate and Spring Garden streets on campus, was founded in 1941. UNCG was Woman’s College at the time.
Holderness’ grandmother, the late Adelaide Holderness, was a Woman’s College graduate and fervent supporter of the university. She was a life member of the Weatherspoon’s board of directors.
“I was the first of her rather large brood to follow in her footsteps at UNCG, and it was a special thing to share with such an amazing woman,” says her granddaughter. “She was a tireless advocate for UNCG and we spent many, many hours bonding over our times at the university. It’s something I’ll always treasure.”
Doll says she constantly receives personal testimonies from artists and other visitors who enjoy the Weatherspoon. The free museum — known for Free Admission. Free Parking. Free Thinking.– is home to lithographs by Henri Matisse, paintings by modern greats Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol, and a series of Warhol’s Polaroids.
In April, Better Homes & Gardens included the Weatherspoon on a list of museums and galleries worth planning a weekend around. That listing notes the museum’s “impressive collection of modern American art, considered one of the best of its kinds in the Southeast” as well as its “intriguing selection” of visiting exhibitions and a 7,000-square-foot sculpture garden.
The Weatherspoon celebrates summer Friday, June 20, with its 10th annual Summer Solstice Party. The party is free and open to all. Enjoy live music, local food trucks, a cash bar, and activities for kids and adults. This year’s party has a food theme, in celebration of the museum’s new exhibit, “Food for Thought.”